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The Random House Book of Vegetables (Random House Garden) Paperback – March 15, 1994

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If a gardener needs a single visual guide to the vegetable kingdom, this may be the one. Generously illustrated with color photographs that regard both the larger landscape and the root tendrils on a turnip with a serious eye, the book documents more than 650 types of vegetable, mainly those that can be grown in North America and northern Europe, but also takes stock of Asian specialties currently in demand. Search out parsnips, for example, and you'll find the pale, soggy-looking specimens of five different kinds lined up, as if for mug shots; a glimpse of parsnips au naturel --in the ground, not the studio--is also on hand, as is a brief note on the parsnip's history and its cultivational needs. Extensive, equally explicit spreads on more popular vegetables abound, whether the culprit is spinach or the humble broad bean (shown both with pods zipped shut and split open, seeds intact inside). Though not mainly a source of gardener's tips, the book offers simple instructions to the grower, as well as fodder for anyone curious to know more about the first European sighting of potatoes (1537) or the multitudes of possible potatoes ("Duke of York"; "Epicure"; "Mona Lisa").
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Ideal for plant identification and selection, this terrific series features immaculate photography (one picture for virtually every entry) and clear, concise text that discusses the physical attributes, native area, and hardiness of each plant.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • Series: Random House Garden
  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Random House (March 15, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067975024X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679750246
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.5 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,078,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 30, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Vegetables by Roger Phillips and Martyn Rix is by far the most informative book I have ever read and seen on the subject. It has been well researched with history of all the various vegetables, and contains excellent photographs. I found it in my local Library, but after a few minutes knew I had to own a copy. It could be refered to as the vegetable gardeners Bible.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C E S on January 4, 2002
Format: Paperback
Excellent color photos and descriptions of vegetables both common and specialty types. Includes geographic and historic origins of those cultivated. Also includes information on many plants eaten as vegetables, but primarily found in the wild. Broken down by vegetable. Very easy to read. Includes information on common pests and diseases for the home gardener and the pictures and flavor descriptions are great for planning your garden.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By coburn on November 4, 2011
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It is one of the best books on vegetables with beautiful illustrations and information on origin of each plant family.
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